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Clin Plast Surg. 1994 Jan;21(1):137-47.

Pharyngoesophageal reconstruction using the tubed free radial forearm flap.

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Department of Surgery, University of California at San Francisco.

Abstract

Patients undergoing laryngopharyngectomy require the restoration of both deglutition and voice. We believe the tubed radial free flap offers the combined advantages of a rapid harvest with minimal morbidity, a long flap pedicle, extraordinary reliability, and the possibility of customization to fit virtually any size of defect. This flap does have a somewhat higher leakage rate; however, such leaks are relatively minor and nearly all will resolve with a brief period of conservative treatment. Postoperatively, this flap tolerates radiation therapy very well. Most importantly, it maximizes the functional rehabilitation of the patient by providing the best speech and swallowing results available. For these reasons we consider the tubed radial forearm free flap to be the flap of choice for circumferential pharyngoesophageal reconstruction.

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